"WOMEN HAVE, OF COURSE, ALWAYS WORKED… WOMEN HAVE NOT, HOWEVER, ALWAYS WORKED FOR WAGES": FIRST EDITION OF EDITH ABBOTT'S FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT WORK, WOMEN IN INDUSTRY, 1910
ABBOTT, Edith. Women in Industry. A Study in American Economic History. New York and London: D. Appleton, 1910. Octavo, original gilt-stamped green cloth, top edge gilt, uncut and partially unopened. $900.
First edition of the American economist and pioneering sociologist's first book—"a massive, comprehensive statement on women's work in the marketplace."
Abbott was at the forefront in advancing the rights of women and African Americans. The first woman dean of an American university's graduate school, she studied at the London School of Economics and established "the profession of social work as an academic occupation, raising its prestige and power to act as a force for social change." Serving as director of social research in the Chicago School of Civics and Philanthropy, she worked closely with Jane Addams' Hull House, was active in the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the NAACP, and served as vice president of the American Economic Association. "Women's wages and occupations were powerful, organizing themes in Abbott's writings." Women in Industry, her first book, broke new ground in presenting "a massive, comprehensive statement on women's work in the marketplace. Evolving from earlier work with Sophonisba Breckinridge on census data on the employment of women, Abbott developed a complex, thorough analysis of women in various industrial areas: factories, cotton mills, and the clothing and printing industries. She recorded the historical antecedents of women's industrial labor… [and] produced an invaluable history of early labor movements" (Deegan & Hill, Women in Sociology). First edition: with publisher's code "(1)" for first printing on the last page. As issued without dust jacket. Leonard, Woman's Who's Who of America, 33.
A fine copy.